This is Amelia Rayno's third season on the Gophers men's basketball beat. She learned college basketball in North Carolina (Go Tar Heels!), where fanhood is not an option. In 2010, she joined the Star Tribune after graduating from Boston's Emerson College, which sadly had no exciting D-I college hoops to latch onto. Amelia has also worked on the sports desk at the Boston Globe and interned at the Detroit News.

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The Opening Tip: Recruiting updates and new bracketology

Posted by: Amelia Rayno under College basketball, Gophers coaches, Gophers players Updated: February 21, 2014 - 9:51 AM

The Opening Tip is a new feature to Gold in the Barn, with the goal being to share five nuggets -- mostly Gophers or Big Ten related but occasionally not -- every morning between 8 and 10. Dig it? Hate it? Want to see something specific in it? Send me feedback at amelia.rayno@startribune.com or tweet me @AmeliaRayno.

[Aside: the blog is a little more sparse than usual this week. Don't worry that's not a trend. I had a very big item added to my work load, thus the skimpier week, but things will pick up next week again!]

Five tidbits as I last-minute pack for Columbus (one of my top-four favorite spots in the Big Ten):

1. Recruiting update No. 1. Last night: Josh Martin had 24 points, 17 rebounds and seven blocks in Bothell High School's win over Roosevelt. Nate Mason has 24 points and five assists for Arlington Country Day in a win over West Oaks (via @D1Circuit).

2. Recruiting update No. 2: Want to know more about Bakary Konate, one of two visitors to Minnesota this week? Rivals' Ryan James has got you covered.

3. In case you missed it, Big Ten Network checked in with DeAndre Mathieu for a Q&A, here.

4. New bracketology! Gophers fans, breathe a sigh of relief. Joe Lunardi still has Minnesota as an 11-seed after Wednesday night's loss to Illinois at home. 

5. Catch up on what Ohio State did in its last time out with Bob Baptist of the Columbus Dispatch.

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Chicago WSox - LP: J. Guerra 2 FINAL
Cleveland - WP: B. Shaw 3
Pittsburgh - LP: F. Liriano 3 FINAL
Cincinnati - WP: J. Cueto 6
Miami - LP: B. Hand 1 FINAL
NY Mets - WP: J. deGrom 9
Washington - WP: T. Roark 10 FINAL
Philadelphia - LP: K. Kendrick 3
Toronto - LP: R. Dickey 0 FINAL
Tampa Bay - WP: D. Price 3
St. Louis - LP: C. Martinez 2 FINAL
Milwaukee - WP: W. Peralta 11
Boston - WP: C. Buchholz 11 FINAL
Houston - LP: B. Peacock 0
Detroit - LP: J. Verlander 2 FINAL
Kansas City - WP: Y. Ventura 5
Atlanta - WP: J. Teheran 10 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - LP: T. Wood 7
LA Angels - WP: T. Skaggs 10 FINAL
Texas - LP: S. Baker 7
Arizona - LP: V. Nuno 4 FINAL
San Francisco - WP: M. Bumgarner 8
San Diego - LP: T. Ross 0 FINAL
Los Angeles - WP: H. Ryu 1
Minnesota - WP: P. Hughes 13 FINAL
Colorado - LP: B. Anderson 5
Oakland - WP: S. Gray 4 FINAL
Seattle - LP: C. Young 1
NY Yankees - LP: C. Whitley 1 FINAL
Baltimore - WP: K. Gausman 3
Portland 0 FINAL
Seattle 2
Winnipeg 34 FINAL
Montreal 33
Ottawa 11 FINAL
Edmonton 27
Calgary 34 FINAL
Toronto 15
Brt Columbia 26 FINAL
Saskatchewan 13
Los Angeles 90 FINAL
Connecticut 64
Seattle 60 FINAL
Minnesota 77
San Antonio 61 FINAL
Phoenix 90
Chicago 79 FINAL
Atlanta 81

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